First Steps Waiuku
First Steps Waiuku is a centre where everyone joins in and has a lot of fun! The tamariki and kaiako go home with glitter on their clothes, big smiles on faces and great stories to pass on to their whanau.
Our centre provides a warm, safe and friendly environment for our children to grow and develop. Our teachers know how to recognise dispositions and learning outcomes and plan the programmes surrounding the current interests. We value parent/whanau contributions to this process as it creates a link between the centre and home.
Our Be School Ready initiative is nurtured throughout their time from their early years, with establishing relationships, building their confidence in early literacy and numeracy and also having their own routines fostered throughout the centre.
We have three centres to cater for the individual learning needs of our children. We pride ourselves on being an open centre where the children transition between rooms effortlessly allowing them to explore new areas and resources as they grow within the centre.
Infant Centre – two rooms catering for children up to 2 years old
The Kowhai Room which has children who are learning to roll, move, sit and eventually walk. We pride ourselves in being a home away from home within the Kowhai room. We have a cosy room set up with age appropriate equipment to cater for children from birth to approximately 14mths. We follow the routines set by our families, however we can also set a routine if parents wish. The children are within the Kowhai until they are confident on their feet, then they will progress into the Matai room.
The Matai Room caters for infants who are confident on their feet which gives them more room to explore. The Matai Room has a great outdoor playground which provides many opportunities for physical development. The Matai Room is for older infants who are confident explorers. The large open indoor play area offers lots of fun and engaging places for children to explore. The Matai Room also offers a great outdoor space with a bike track, sandpit and covered-in shed to utilise when it’s wet. This room also provides age appropriate equipment to cater for young children’s development.
Toddler Centre – new centre with two rooms for children aged 2 to 4 years
The Manuka room offers a stimulating and safe environment for our tamariki aged 2-3yrs to explore, learn and discover. The younger children are learning important skills such as communicating their needs, knowledge of themselves and also each other. The teachers foster and support the tamariki in building relationships and friendships.
The Nikau Room is a hive of activity for 3-4 year olds, where we foster independence and self-help skills. We as educators value our individual learners and encourage their contributions both within their own and within others play. Through this we embrace child-led activities and encourage leadership skills. We promote our learners to make discoveries and explore their natural environment and develop their own working theories first hand. Our children explore expression and creativity on a daily basis to enhance language and communication skills, numeracy, emotional literacy, problem solving and developing new perspectives.
Preschool Centre – large converted villa for children aged 4 to 5 years
The Kauri Room is for our biggest tamariki of the centre, which represents the Kauri Tree – one of the largest native trees in New Zealand. The children within the Kauri Room are confident learners who participate within their large converted villa, again a home away from home. They have a large outdoor playground with swings, a magic garden and a huge sandpit! The tamariki were involved in the planting of the Kauri tree within the playground, and they love exploring the natural environment outdoors. The children are also strongly involved with nature within the Kauri Room and they have their own chickens that they regularly feed and their own gardens where they help to weed, plant and harvest their own vegetables.
What else you can expect from our childcare centre?
• A programme that reflects children’s current interests
• Nutritious meals prepared on site each day
• Friendly and approachable staff
• Centre atmosphere with community feel
• Online Portfolios using Storypark
• Quality teacher to child ratios
• Affordable rates, 20 ECE hours programme
• A wide range of educational toys and equipment
Come and join us for a Stay and Play at First Steps Waiuku – Monday and Friday from 10.30am-11.30am.
Our centre’s stories
We have a Healthy Heart Award!
For more information on the Healthy Heart Programme, click here!
We are excited to offer our families access to Storypark e-portfolios. They are a great way to keep up to date with what you child is doing while at the centre. You can log in to check out photos of them and comment on their activities. Click here for more information.